Organizing First Aid Supplies
I thought I had it. The first time, I tried storing the First Aid stuff in a basket in the hall closet. That worked for a little while, but I actually needed more categories, and the basket had turned into a dumping ground even though I sorted things into ziplocs so I could see where everything was. I think what didn't work for me is that I had to open and close all the bags in order to get to what was inside.
Then, I wanted to be able to take a First Aid kit with me on the road, so I put (most of) it into a lunch box with a water bottle (for cleaning). Well, I needed to get into it recently and it just wasn't working for me. It seemed I had to unload it periodically to find what I needed, and the amount of supplies had grown rather larger than I originally intended. (I had included things like chemical cold packs, a clean cotton dishtowel that could double as a sling, and basic First Aid instructions. It all seemed to make my kit double in bulk.
I went to Home Depot this afternoon and bought a tool bag with pockets inside and out, which had a wide mouth opening. (Think doctor's medical bag!) I also bought a clip-on flashlight that swivels two ways, so I could see inside the bag because the interior is dark. I put the most used items in the pockets on the outside, like bandaids, pain meds, cough and cold stuff, antibiotic creams, soap and hand sanitizers with tools like scissors, tweezers, lighter, needle, small pliers. Inside, the pockets have my thermometer, alcohol swabs, bandages, tape, q-tips, cotton pads, gloves, and everything else.
FINALLY! I can get to everything I need, and I can see it too. The best part is that I can grab it and go. I think this is actually going to work for me.
So, how do you store your First Aid so you can find and access everything when you need to?